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Advise on becoming a sustainable designer

PostPosted: February 22nd, 2018, 1:27 pm
by Tiffany10
Hi my name is Tiffany. I have an associates Degree in Fine Arts and I'm currently a Junior in the Home Products Development Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I am interested in becoming a sustainable product designer but my major doesn't include design classes. on my own time I attend an intro to design class but id like to do more. I was wondering if I could get some advise on accomplishing this goal.

Thank you

Re: Advise on becoming a sustainable designer

PostPosted: February 24th, 2018, 8:48 am
by ralphzoontjens
Hi,

Vintage furniture re-upholstery is a thankful business :)
But there is a lot you can do in that field.
The first thing to do is to make your goal more specific, measurable and divided into short- mid- or long-term goals.

Then you can carve out your activities from there.
Also see other school's programs (Milan?) for recent online materials and example course projects.

best,
Ralph

Re: Advise on becoming a sustainable designer

PostPosted: February 24th, 2018, 8:50 am
by ralphzoontjens
If you are bridging towards the design field a good way to understand the basics of the industry is to look at the history of chairs.
This is well-documented in the Taschen book 'Design of the 20th Century'

I also recommend reading John Heskett's 'Industrial Design'

Another recommendation related to innovative textiles: 'Textile Visionaries' by Bradley Quinn

Re: Advise on becoming a sustainable designer

PostPosted: March 31st, 2018, 3:04 pm
by Tiffany10
Thank you so much for the help ! I'll definetly look into those readings as well.